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Phillips Energy offers savings, convenience with direct access to DEF

- 11:23 am - December 9th, 2015


Drive a newish diesel truck, pickup, car or SUV? Then you know that part of being the driver of a late model diesel-fueled vehicle is that you have to monitor and periodically replenish the diesel exhaust fluid or DEF. 

When DEF first became a common component of diesel trucks and SUVs about five or so years ago, the only way a driver could top it off was to buy a bottle of it from an auto store. The problem is packaged supply is the most expensive method for refilling DEF on a per-gallon basis. 

But now drivers on the Middle Peninsula and beyond can look forward to saving a little cash because Phillips Energy is offering DEF through a pump at its Gloucester location. And they’re the only supplier with a DEF dispenser in the area. 

What this means is that diesel drivers can fill up on DEF at the same place where they buy their diesel – and for less cost. So why pay for packaging for a jug of DEF if you don’t have to?

Where’s the savings?

The savings of having direct access to DEF at a pump is simple economics. We buy it in bulk and you get to pump it directly from our tank. You’re not paying for packaging, which can drive up the retail price on a gallon jug from a car store, and that means we don’t have to charge you for packaging.

What’s more at Phillips you can simply top off your DEF while you’re getting diesel or vice versa. Savings and convenience – ain’t life grand?? 

For professional truck drivers it also means savings in terms of expediency. You can fill your DEF without having to take the time to either buy a jug or pull one out of your cab and manually poor it in. 

So the next time your DEF light pops on, remember you have a better option. Phillips can save you time and money so you can get back on the road faster. 

But what is DEF anyway?

Diesel exhaust fluid is a chemical designed to breakdown dangerous nitrous oxide emissions from diesel engines. DEF is a non-hazardous solution consisting of 32.5 percent urea and 67.5 percent de-ionized water. The chemical is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to break down NOx emissions into harmless nitrogen and water.

Environmental regulations require the reduction of certain vehicle emissions including NOx. As technology has changed in recent years, so too has the method to achieve the reduction. Selective catalytic reduction is the method requiring DEF and is found on 2010 and later model year trucks as well as many diesel pickups and SUVs.

DEF is not a fuel additive and goes into its own tank through a separate fill port either next to the fuel filler, under the hood or in the trunk. Look for the blue filler cap.

And the Environmental Protection Agency requires the installation of measures to prevent diesel vehicles from running without DEF. That means when the fluid is getting low, drivers receive a series of dashboard alerts similar to those for low fuel or low oil. 

The point is you have to have it. And now you can get it a little easier and for less cost.

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